20 Aug 2018 With the UK experiencing record breaking temperatures this summer, new research from American Express shows over 40 million* UK adults (77%) will stay at home over the August bank holiday weekend and plan to spend £104 each – equating to £4.2 billion across the UK.
While Brits hoping for a sun-filled staycation are set to treat themselves to a spot of shopping and meals out, tackling some home improvements will also be a popular choice over the long weekend.
|Top five activities for the August bank holiday||Average spend|
|Going to a restaurant for a meal||£19|
|Going out for drinks (pub, bar, etc.)||£12|
|Going to a theme/amusement park, zoo, outdoor activity centre etc.||£10|
Stephen Steinhardt, Director at American Express, says: “It’s the last bank holiday before Christmas, so it’s great to see that so many people will be making the most of the extra day off. Whether it’s a long weekend fixing up the house or enjoying a barbecue in the sun, it’s also wise to make the most of bank holiday spending. Putting costs on a credit or charge card that offers rewards or cashback for spending means more treats can be enjoyed when it comes to the festive season later this year.”
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